SC officials investigate woman's May heat death

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina health officials are investigating the heat-related death of a woman at an assisted living home last month.

The Greenville News reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating the death of a woman at the home in Laurens who had been in a chair exposed to 90 degree temperatures May 5.

Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols says Greenville medical examiner Michael Ward ruled the death of 67-year-old Frances Louise Farmer an accident. Nichols says she had a temperature of 108 degrees when medical workers arrived.

DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick confirmed Monday the health agency is investigating.

LaForrest Community Care Center administrator Sheila McDaniel says she talked to authorities last week and confirmed there was an investigation. She would not elaborate.

Information from: The Greenville News,

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